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In Brief: Doyle not for sale, insists McCarthy

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy insists Kevin Doyle and Matt Jarvis are not for sale, but he accepts it will be difficult to hold on to them if big-money bids are made.

"Kevin and Matt are not for sale, but neither was Cristiano Ronaldo a couple of years ago and neither were Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll this season -- but £50m and £35m changed that a little bit," said McCarthy.

The Wolves boss is looking to strengthen his squad and is known to be an admirer of Birmingham central defender Roger Johnson and West Ham's Matthew Upson.

In the past two years he raided other relegated clubs to sign Doyle, Steven Fletcher and Stephen Hunt from Reading, Burnley and Hull respectively.

Batista feeling heat

after Nigeria drubbing

Julio Grondona, the powerful president of the Argentina Football Association, has turned up the heat on coach Sergio Batista following a humiliating 4-1 loss to Nigeria.

Grondona, who hired Batista last year after firing Diego Maradona, accused Batista of "raffling off the prestige of the national team" and also blamed him for the scheduling of last Wednesday's friendly against Nigeria and fielding a reserve line-up without stars like Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez. Argentina play Poland on Sunday with the same back-up team, a month before they open their Copa America campaign.

•Manchester City's Mario Balotelli will miss Italy's Euro 2012 qualifier with Estonia tonight and Tuesday's friendly against Ireland after suffering a knee injury in training.

Irish Independent